Ohio Golden Buckeye cardholders receive discounts and special deals at participating businesses in the state including restaurants, retail stores, auto care providers and medical providers. Additionally, participants in the program are automatically enrolled in Ohio's Best Rx Program, which provides discounted out-of-pocket prices on prescription medication.
Cardholders receive discounts at more than 15,000 institutions state-wide. Of the available discounted services, restaurants are used most often with pharmacies close behind. A list of participating companies can be found on the program's website at GoldenBuckeye.com or on the state's website at Aging.Ohio.gov. The latter allows cardholders to search for participating companies by county.
Ohio residents age 60 or older and adults between the ages of 18 and 59 who are disabled are eligible for the Golden Buckeye program. Ohioans who meet the age requirement and have valid state driver's licenses or state ID cards automatically receive a Golden Buckeye card upon turning 60. Those who fall under the disabled category and those who do not have a driver's license or state ID can apply for the card at either a public library or a community senior center. The Golden Buckeye program had approximately 2.4 million cardholders as of 2011, with 15,000 new applicants every month.